Tanya Bennett, artist and creative consultant of Art Unchained
“I’m in a unique position of having experienced Human Study #1, 5RNP from various perspectives: as a viewer, sitter, co-director and backstage staff. As a sitter, I found it both familiar and foreign. Having been both a subject and a sketcher at life drawing classes, I could recognise movement in the robots that I too would make when observing a subject. And yet, I had never experienced anything like this, with robotic mechanisms capturing my essence.
The entire session was a theatrical event, and a profoundly human experience. We had recruited sitters, gallery staff and with the artist and the curator Lisa Botos choreographed the whole sequence with the online viewer in mind. The performance grew organically throughout the exhibition period, with small changes in camera angles, the soundscape and body language of the performers. Patrick always looks for a subtle dynamism to the pose of the sitter, who is actively engaged with the robots. The gallery staff then plays a vital role in guiding the sitter, hence bridging the gap between artist and sitter, and between technology and human interaction.”